Congressman Ryan is Being Ridiculed
Congressman Ryan is being ridiculed for his new budget proposal. They’re ridiculing him because his plan doesn’t include more taxes, and it attempts to make some real cuts. Another source of ridicule is in recommending cuts in some areas, he’s trying to delay making cuts in some of the safety net programs. Yet another source of ridicule is his attempt to address how the entitlement programs are growing at a rate that will consume all of the revenue if we don’t address them soon.
They’re treating Congressman Ryan with contempt because he recognizes the problem and is trying to address them sooner rather than later. I want to condemn Congressman Ryan for not being ruthless enough in his attempt to address the problems, but his slower more measured approach will be easier to accept for the naysayers and spendthrifts than my cut and slash approach would be.
About a third of everything we earn is confiscated by the government. Elected spendthrifts search for more and different ways to put their hands in our pockets. Why don’t they ever search for waste, fraud and abuse that are always present when men and women in elected positions are exposed to the tax payer’s money? Much, if not most of what governments spend does not have to be spent. A review of each check and the purpose behind each payment with an eye toward saving the tax payers money would cause much of the waste, fraud, and abuse to stop.
When spending other people’s money it’s easy to lose sight of the value of the money. Taxpayer’s money isn’t real to those who authorize the spending of it. It becomes a means to an end to enhance their power or authority.
Congressman Ryan is on the right track, he’s trying to stop taxing the public. All our taxes have to be reduced significantly. All our spending has to be evaluated and reviewed and determined if it is for the common good of all or just the good of a select few. The interest on our debt is growing at rates that will overwhelm the budget. Debating whether or not to increase the debt limit is such a sinful waste on the part of our public servants. It’s a debate on how many times and how severely should we shoot ourselves in the foot. Public debt is a burden our children and grandchildren will have to deal with. We are borrowing money for frivolous reasons.
An accurate analogy is a family of four, living on a family income of $70,000 a year, borrowing $35,000 to take an Around the World Cruise. The Cruise isn’t necessary but it looks impressive to the neighbors. It’s more money than the family has, and it’s more money than the family can pay back, but impressing the neighbors is the goal so practical considerations don’t factor in to the decisions.
The Founding Fathers envisioned a limited Federal Government for a reason. It was intended to do as little as possible, but enough to hold the states together and take care of the common good that individual states could not take care of for the whole. The Federal Government was never intended to be the be all and end all for all of us. One third of our labor, savings, and dreams are confiscated by a government that is way out of control. This must end!
Almost half of the taxpayers not only don’t pay taxes, but get a check as a reward for filing their taxes.
The story told by elected empty suits is that the wealthy have to pay their fair share and the less fortunate can get by with paying less. When we hear them tell us the story the wealthy seem like the billionaires who have cheated the hard working blue collar class out of their lunch money. And the less fortunate are the hard working men and women we come in contact every day who work hard make a living and live paycheck to paycheck.
The reality is that the wealthy are everyone who has a job and pays taxes, 53% of us are working, losing our income and not earning free benefits from the government. This includes billionaires, millionaires, and everyone who makes more than $40,000 a year. Congratulations we’ve all become wealthy.
The less fortunate are everyone else in this country who works without having to pay taxes. This includes those who live off cash businesses and don’t have to suffer the indignities of a paper trail informing the government of their income.
Spending must stop! Those who have no skin in the game shouldn’t have a vote to determine how our country should be run. Tax payers should get a vote, the more taxes you pay the more votes you get on how the country is being run.
As much as I like the thought I can see a few problems with how that would play out and I can see abuse and tyranny resulting from it. As poor a form of government as that would create, what we have now is just as bad.
The Founding Fathers had the right idea, limited government with the individuals having the power and the responsibility to support themselves. Each of us lives and supports ourselves without the help or hindrance of the federal Government.
Stop spending money, start being smart about what is spent, stop taking our hard earned money. Taxes must be lowered and spending must reduce NOW not later.
Government is an anchor to the free market economy. Taxes, regulation and politicians are the problems. The ballot box is how we can remove the problems from hurting us.
Never ever reelect anyone for office.